Megan's Background

Monday, May 25, 2015

They Have So Little, But Now They Feel Like They Have Everything!

Hello Everyone,

First off, Happy Summer! I cannot believe another school year is over. It’s so hard to believe that it has been a year since I graduated high school. It has gone by so fast, but I look back on this year and I can’t even describe how blessed I feel and how changed I am. My perspective on life is so different. It’s so much more fulfilling. I am so happy to be here in Bolivia; so happy for the plan my Heavenly Father has for me. This mission is the greatest gift. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard. I live a whole different life than I did before. My feet hurt and I am always tired. But, I lay in my bed at night SO happy and I forget about all those things. The people here are incredible, humble and have hearts bigger than I ever knew existed. I wish you all could meet them.

Saturday, a young girl that we have been teaching got baptized. She is 14. Her older two sisters and brother were all living with their partners, but were never married. So they all got married and then their families were baptized. Her parents have been less actives for about 30 years. However, her mom has been listening to the lessons with us and will be *rescued* on Tuesday after she has her interview with the bishop. Their story is so incredible, they are so humble and have so little, but now they feel like they have everything. It makes my whole day to see how excited they are to read the scriptures.

On Sunday we had another Noche Fogonera or fireside in this stake. We had one a couple months ago in Sacaba. I sang again. An Elder from Peru and I sang Joseph Smith's First Prayer. I love that song; it has a whole new meaning now. The spirit was SO strong. President shared my story about the young guy in Huayllani who doubted everything we taught until he prayed. I hadn’t thought about that experience in a while, but as he started to share it I was overwhelmed with emotion. There is NO doubt that the spirit moves people. The night was so good, I am grateful I was there.

Today, for P-day we played Beach Volleyball, heck yes! It was awesome and afterwards we went and ate pizza, but definitely not anything like what you eat in the states. It was corn and chicken pizza. It was a fun day, our zone is the best, I cannot believe we already have transfers on Sunday. I have loved being in a trio; it is so true that President receives revelation for us because it’s exactly where I need to be. I have no idea what’s gonna happen to us, but hopefully the assistants will give us a hint ;) since we are with them for lunch and dinner everyday. They are the best! They said that they do all the transfers on Wednesday and Thursday. We will see what happens.

I hope you all have a great first week of summer break! Swim lots and eat ice cream for me.

Love you all!

Hermana Lomax

Best Companionship Ever!
Noche Fogonera!

Monday, May 18, 2015

An International Get-Together!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have all had a great week and are ready to finish the school year strong. I cannot believe it has already been a year since I graduated. I look back and see all the things I’ve done within that time and it makes me happy. And now I am here in Bolivia teaching the gospel in Spanish. I never would have thought that a year ago.

This week has been good, nothing super exciting. We are tired; we have worked really hard this week. We wake up at 6:30 and don’t get to bed until about 11:00. In between that time we are studying, walking, teaching, finding people, walking some more, eating quickly and did I mention walking? You should see my leg muscles. :) It has been a successful week. We have a baptism this Saturday for a 14-year old girl, Myjeli and we are rescuing her mom (a less active). I am so excited for them. This family is incredible and they have completely changed their lives. It is a true testament of the power our Heavenly Father has.

We had a family home evening with Familia N_____ (the tattoo artists) last Monday. It went really well, and tonight we are having another one. The wife, Maggy is super outgoing and isn’t afraid of what people will think of her. She participates in all the lessons and actually knows a lot. Her husband however, is a little more reserved which you wouldn’t expect because he is HUGE and intimidating. He hasn’t participated much because he is more afraid of what people will think, but our ward is so supportive and in no time I think he will open up and start coming to church and activities. We are hoping he will join us for FHE evening tonight with a couple from the ward. We went over to their house on Wednesday and they had quite a few friends visiting from Brazil. Their friends are on a backpacking trip. First they came here now they are in Santa Cruz and next I think they are going to different parts of Brazil. Wow, Brazilians are so different than Bolivians. They are all really tall and big and talk really loud and say whatever is on their minds. They were teaching us Portuguese, how to pronounce the words. It was awesome! One of them read the first verse of Nephi to us. It was like an International Get-Together with me and Hermana Wing, Hermana Molina from Peru, Maggy from Cochabamba and Fabio and his friends from Brazil. We had a great time!

I love you all SO much! Good luck with your last week of school!

Love, Hermana Lomax

Monday, May 11, 2015

Not Because They Were of a Chosen Land, But Rather Because of the Faith They Had!

Hello Everyone,

I am so spoiled to be able to to talk to you 2 days in a row. First off, yesterday was the best day EVER! Talking to you all made me SO Happy! It was so fun!!! It was good to see your faces and to hear how you are doing. It was almost like being with you. Mom, I hope you had a great rest of your Mother´s Day as well as all the other mothers that I have in my life.

Yesterday, I gave a talk in sacrament meeting on the Plan of Salvation I focused on the 4 different names and why they are significant to the plan God has given us. After Sacrament Meeting we were able to Skype you at the Temple Housing. There is a sweet senor sister that let us come and use her laptop and iPad. She made us Peach Cobbler and we had a great time. I am so glad we could spend this Mother’s Day with her as she is away from all 5 of her children.

This last week was pretty great. We were able to go to the temple on Thursday at 6:00 in the morning. The temple here in Cochabamba is GORGEOUS! After the session we met outside and took pictures, then we got into 2 giant buses and drove to the Stake Center for Zone Conference. It was a great conference and we learned a lot. My favorite part of the conference was learning about how the church started here in Bolivia. It is an incredible history about a family that lives in Quriza that through their faith brought missionaries from Argentina to help organize a Branch. Not long afterwards Elder Richard G. Scott pronounced a chapel, which was in 1963 (I believe) and now look at this country. They have a temple, 4 missions and they just announced a new one for La Paz, and the members are incredible. The part that I liked the most was learning that the people in Quriza didn’t receive miracles because they were of a chosen land, but rather because of the faith they had. I want faith like theirs. 

Anyways, that was really all that happened this week. We are still teaching a ton and enjoying the time we have here! I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week! And, good luck with the last 2 weeks of school! WooHoo!!!!!!

Love, Hermana Lomax 

The Diagram I made to teach the Plan of Salvation!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello All,

I cannot believe it is May. I remember talking to you on Christmas and telling you “it would be May before we knew it”, but I was thinking in my mind “yeah right May is forever away.” But, here we are and Christmas feels like yesterday and I get to talk to you in just 6 days. WOOHOO! I am so excited!

I want you to know that I am SO happy here in Villa Moscu, I really love it! We are working so hard and we knock a lot of doors. Which is a little more difficult because they all have speakers so they can talk from inside their house. So, of course when they hear missionaries, they are automatically SO busy. Ha-ha. But, there are also a lot that come out and talk to us. Our trio is the best! We are having so much fun. My Spanish is improving because Hermana Wing can tell me what I am saying wrong and she knows what I’m trying to say.

Nothing super exciting happened this week. We have just worked a TON and have met some less actives. We were walking down the street when this lady got out of a taxi and started running to us. They are a family that just recently moved back to Cocha from Brazil (her husband is from Brazil). She wanted us to come and teach them. So, of course we went to their house 2 days later. They have 3 girls with the funniest names. Angie, Flor and Dulce (dulce in Spanish means sweet or candy Ha-ha). The husband is this huge guy with one of those bull piercings in his nose. They both are covered with tattoos. Her husband is bald and his whole head and neck are covered. And get this, they both are tattoo artists. They are the sweetest and both have great desires to return back to church and be sealed in the temple. So, we have been thinking about them a lot. We have a lesson tomorrow and I know that this is that time when we have to teach with boldness and testify of the truthfulness of Profetas that they really do receive revelacion from Dios por nosotros.

I hope you all have a great week and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! I love you all SO much!

Hermana Lomax